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round two for president obama and republican challenger mitt romney as they once again go head to head with a race in a dead heat and the pressure of the president's last debate looming large. what happened in the rematch? >>> tonight our team of political pros tells us where they think the candidates succeeded and blundered in the "nightline" report card. >>> and ana that. could freud hold the key to who would be a better president? we hop on to the couch of the shrink who is unrav eling the sub conscious of the candidatesb conscious of the candidates.sub. >>> good evening, i'm terry moran. well, that was a fierce debate. a heated showdown as president obama and his republican challenger mitt romney met on stage in a fiery second hall in a townhall-style debate. 29 days until election day. the president looking to make a comeback after the lackluster showing flast debate shifted the polls in romney's favor across the country. tonight, both candidates came out ready for a fight. and here's how it all happened. >> candy, what governor romney said just isn't true. >> it was a rea
mitt romney and president barack obama, with only 34 days to go before the election. did someone win the great debate? >>> making the grade. they advised george w. bush, al gore and sarah palin before their famous debates. with the stakes so high, what marks do our political insiders give these candidates? we'll tell you, in the "nightline" report card. >>> and, what's your percent? are you in the 47%? what does it take to be in the 1% of the 1%? this year, the percentage has taken on a life of its own, and we get right to the point. >> announcer: fromhe global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is a special edition of "nightline," one-on-one, the candidates debate, october 3rd, 2012. >> good evening, i'm terry moran. tonight, a high stakes showdown as president barack obama and mitt romney took the stage in denver to go head to head for the first time. an estimated 60 million americans tuned in to watch this critical moment in an often contentious presidential campaign with the election just 34 days away. crucial swing vote
obama's swing state firewall stand up to romney's momentum. how will hurricane sandy shake up the campaign? and with just nine days to go, could a final october surprise send this election into overtime? questions for our headliners. stephanie cutter and newt gingrich. >>> plus, insight and analysis from our roundtable. >>> hello again. with just nine days to go, the october surprise is here. hurricane sandy. threatening a massive stretch of the u.s. from virginia to new england. all of the way to the great lakes. it's caused both candidates to scramble their schedules. we'll get into that, plus our latest abc news/washington post poll in just a moment. but let's begin with sam champion from lower manhattan. he's following the track of sandy right now. good morning, sam. >> good morning, george. the satellite picture will show you this storm is one of the largest that we have ever seen in the atlantic basin. the latest out from the hurricane center, it feels exactly the same way for several days, making a left-hand turn to for the coastline by monday. we got tropical-force win
not be tighter, president obama and republican challenger mitt romney squared off in florida this evening in the last presidential debate. our guides to what you need to know. >>> she moderated the vice presidential debate. he advised george w. bush before he took the stage. martha raddatz and matt dowd tell us who they think had the upper hand in a "nightline" report card. >>> and i'm getting to know you. from coors light drinkers to hbo watchers, how presidential campaigns are user hyper personalized information about what you like to do, buy and watch to try and win your vote. >>> good evening, i'm terry moran. tonight, the highly anticipated final round as president barack obama, republican challenger mitt romney took the stage to go head to head in the last presidential debate. this is a crucial night, and it could tip the scales in a side-by-side comparison, 15 days left until the election and millions of early ballots already being cast so here's how it all happened in florida tonight. the two men who would be president squared off for the last time in the homestretch of a race tha
>>> good morning, and welcome to "this week." romney rebounds. >> your title, mr. president, you have your airplane and house. >> it re-energizes his campaign. >> i enjoyed that debate a couple of nights ago. >> and knocks the president on his heels. >> four years ago i said i'm not a perfect man and i wouldn't be a perfect president and that's probably a promise that governor romney thinks i kept. >> the big question, can governor romney double down on his debate win and take control of this race. friday's surprisingly strong jobs report. >> the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> stop his momentum? we'll ask top advisers to both candidates, robert gibbs for obama, ed gillespie for romney. then insight and analysis on our powerhouse round table with our favorite political odd couple, james carville and mary matalin plus paul krugman of "the new york times," peggy noonan from "the "wall street journal"" and abc's jonathan karl. then -- >> what would you like for christmas, little boy? >> get off. >> the week's other political slugfest, bill o'
become president -- >> after that ferocious second debate. >> not true, governor romney. you're the last person to get tough on china. >> the race is close, combative and completely up for grabs and now as the candidates make closing arguments, their biggest guns out. >> our big questions. did obama's comeback debate put him back in this race? >> what will to be final twist that determines this race? our headliners. chicago mayor and former white house chief of staff, rahm emanuel. marco rubio of florida. >>> plus insight and analysis from our powerroundtable. matthew dowd, ralph reed, van jones, debber wasserman schultz. >>> and we say farewell to governor mcgovern. >>> hello again. early this morning, we learned that george mcgovern, the first senator to oppose the vietnam war, has passed away at the age of 90. we'll remember him later in the show. >>> but we begin with the race to the white house. more signs this mor romney's first debate bounce still has staying power. let's begin with mayor rahm emanuel. you're in florida this morning. polls show mitt romney ahead. i want to show yo
your own airplane, and your own house. but not your own facts. >> under governor romney's definition, donald trump is a small business. >> heavy with specifics. but pretty light on fireworks. >> was it a mismatch? overwhelming response this morning as to who won the debate. we'll get expert analysis. >>> and some are calling it the big bird debate. talk of the "sesame street" star going viral overnight. we'll explain why. >>> good morning, everyone. mitt romney returns to the campaign trail this morning, with new momentum after a very strong performance. >> indeed. the debate ranged from the extremely serious, some would say even wonky, to the very silly. whether big bird should be fired. abc's brandi hitt is joining us from denver with more. good morning, brandi? >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. this debate has been the biggest moment so far in this race. and for much of the night, president obama looked very relaxed on stage. and mitt romney pounced, putting the president on defense. the first presidential debate started with a hand shake and a smile between president obam
>>> this is "world news." tonight, the debate drama. the president tries to rally after mitt romney's big night. what insiders tell us today about why the president was off his game. >>> breaking news. those loose passenger seats force american airlines to ground 48 planes tonight, causing even more delays and cancelled flights. >>> health alert. a mysterious outbreak of meningitis, deaths, serious illness. and it's linked to a treatment for back pain which was somehow contaminated. >>> real money. can we put thousands of dollars in your pocket right now? doubling the value of that old car in your driveway. >>> good evening. we begin with that question we heard asked across the country today. what was going on with president obama at the big debate with governor mitt romney last night? we have learned that 67.2 million americans were watching last night and governor romney came out swinging. the president seemed to be dodging the fight. with only 33 days to go until your voice, your vote, why was the president off his game? has the whole race changed today? we'll start with abc's ja
>>> this morning, romney's reversal. >> a candidate bombshell overnight, doing a 180 on his 47% comments. his campaign on the rise, as the president attempts to rebound with new attacks, after wednesday's dismal debates. >>> sticky situation. american airlines, blaming spilled soda for loosening those seats, as they pull more planes out of service. and that means more delays coming today. >>> fire and ice. a new wildfire bearing down on western towns, as snow buries the far north. 14 and welcome to the 1%. $200 million richer. but they still may go back to work. >>> good morning. i'm reena ninan in for paula faris. >> good morning. i'm rob nelson. with a successful debate performance under his belt, mitt romney is distancing himself from his own words about the 47%. >> in the past, he stood by the comments. but overnight, there was a major change. abc's tahman bradley joins us from washington, with more. tahman? >> reporter: good morning, rob and reena. mitt romney is showing a lot of confidence on the stump. and we'll see if his strong debate performance gives him a boost in t
fr debate. >> this was mitt romney's night, he was sharp, specific, sustained, a plan of attack and went after barack obama every way he could. holding him accountable for the obama record. we haven't seen that too much in this campaign. there have been so many personal attacks, back and forts. he was able to say look this is what you promised four years ago, this is what you delivered on, where is the gap? here's what i will offer. most importantly, able to say look this is the choice i am offering. able to control the debate. >> what do you think was the problem with the president last night? his performance is uniformly panned, tired, underprepared, overconfident or strategy of some kind. >> it was part strategy. went into the debate knowing they're winning the campaign with current strategy. don't do anything to upset that apple cart. see if you can ride this out. the other piece, i think he went in thinking he didn't have to prepare, thinking he was able to ride this, this through, throughout. didn't think mitt romney would bring it the way he did. he was trying not to make
's the stage. president barack obama, governor mitt romney are standing by in the wings right now and jofgeor it is hard to imagine the pressure on them. as many of 60 million of us could be watching tonight. >> first of three debates. and the first debates almost always help the challenger. mitt romney needs it. it's a tight race, he's behind. >> and tonight, to cover it all, our team, inside the debate hall. and keeping watch in our fact check desk, and also, with us right here in the studio, the insiders from both parties, ready to weigh in on who woman and the big moments we'll remember tomorrow. >> the moderator tonight, jim lehrer from pbs. he's moderat 12 debates, more than anybody else. here he is right now. >> good evening, from the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs news hour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates, between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate, and the next three, two presidential, one vice preside
. >> it happened two weeks ago, mitt romney came in behind with his back to the wall, 70 million americans watching. he rocked it with a big win. tonight the pressure on the president. another loss could cripple his campaign. he knows he has to convince voters he will fight for the job and has concrete plans for a second term. >> mitt romney connecting with voters and tonight the twist, it is a town hall format. >> the questions come from uncommitted voters. the moderator right there, candy crowley of cnn and covered politics since the days of ronald reagan. >> good evening from hofstra university in new york. i'm candy crowley from cnn's state of the union. we are here for the second presidential debate, a town hall sponsored by the commission of debates. the gallup organization selected 82 voters. their questions will drive the night, my goal to give the conversation direction and ensure questions get answered. the questions are known to my team only. neither the commission or candidates have seen them. i hope to get to as many questions as possible and because i'm optimistic i'm sure the candida
between the first lady and ann romney? there was no debate. but try telling these folks. >> who do you think won the debate last night between ann romney and michelle obama? >> you won't believe their answers. >>> good evening on this sunday night from boca raton, florida, on the eve of the crucial third and final debate. tonight, a new poll showing just how pivotal this final debate will be. gts stephanopoulos standing by here in a moment, but first, the breaking news tonight from wisconsin. the shootings this sunday that left three people dead and four more injured. this is the scene tonight, outside a suburban spa near a crowded shoming mall. police flooding the area, putting the mall on lockdown. searching for the gunman all day. and tonight, the ap is now reporting the gunman was found dead inside the spa. abc's alex perez is on the scene tonight in brookfield, wisconsin. >> reporter: what started out like any other quiet sunday morning in suburban milwaukee, within minutes, turned deadly. 11:00 a.m., the azana spa had just opened for the day. customers already filing in, when a m
president obama or go on the offensive? >> i feel fabulous. >> what is governor romney's plan to keep his momentum? >>> taking the heat hours before the debate tonight, secretary of state clinton takes responsibility for those controversial security decisions in libya. >>> make them stop. >> hello, this is rachel. card holder services. >> a new tidal wave of law-breaking robo calls, 1 million more consumer complaints than last year. how can you stop them? >> it's just annoying. >>> and masterpiece thievery. picasso, matisse, stolen in a brazen heist. why the joke may be on the thieves tonight. >>> good evening on this tuesday night as we come on the air, president obama and governor mitt romney are preparing to head into the arena for their second big debate. and both men are on the ground just outside new york city. they know the power of one night in this race. look at this. you can see it right there after the first debate, a dramatic change. that surge for mitt romney. now just three weeks remaining, 21 days until americans go to the polls. it is "your voice, your vote" and our team i
and the test tonight, who will be the strongest leader on a global stage. president obama, governor romney, already backstage at this moment. there are about 300 people in the audience there in boca raton, millions more watching from home and, george, every debate has changed the race. >> no question about it. round one, a big win for governor romney. president obama, scored a more narrow victory last week and tonight our abc/"the washington post" poll, what happens tonight will set the stage. >> we want to take a look because in the audience already, mrs. romney, mrs. obama. both of whom said they get more nervous than the candidates at these debates. >> a lot of pressure also on tonight's moderator, bob schieffer of cbs news. the third time he's moderated a presidential debate. the focus on foreign affairs from lynn university in boca raton, florida. >> good evening from the campus of lynn university here in boca raton, florida. this is the fourth and last debate of the 2012 campaign brought to you by the commission on presidential debates. this one is on foreign policy. i'm bob schieffe
. who was the winner last night do you think? >> i think mitt romney walks away the winner. he had more positive things happen as part of the debate. i think obama you can look at your scorecard say he scored zingers, maybe wins on points. in terms of the big take aways. mitt romney was on the stage looking presidential, credible as an alternative to president obama. that's his goal. present himself as a credible alternative, possible choice for undecided voteders. >> so much throughout the debate you heard, mitt romney say i agree with you, mr. president. was it alternative? i don't think the average voter would see too much difference between the two? >> the romney campaign calculation this is going to come down to the economy and that's it. you need to get buy in on the other issues. this could be seen as a possible president on issues of commander-in-chief. i think his goal was to do no harm. not lobbing grenades at the obama foreign policy. where he had successes he was ready to applaud them. i am going to take what he has done and move it forward. he was the candidate of hope, and
or break week for president obama and governor romney. hunk eering down, cramming for e big debate. secrets to land the knockout punch? >>> peanut butter, a massive recall expanding tonight. we'll tell you which symptoms could spell trouble. >>> and, oscar stunner. the new host for the academy awards. not a movie star. why fans of the "family guy" are having the last laugh tonight. >> victory is mine! >>> good evening from "world news." and we begin with breaking news. an american airlines plane has been forced to land urn strannd strange circumstances. a whole row of seats shaken loose. passengers upended. and this is the second time seats have come loose and forced a landing in three days. so, what is going on? for the latest on what happened today, let's go right to abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila. >> 685, what can i do for you? >> roger. got an unusual one for you. >> reporter: no one can remember this happening before. not passengers, so rattled they didn't want to be identified. >> the seats flipped backwards and so people were essentially on the laps of the passengers
in california and mitt romney in virginia. but both campaigns have their eyes on a new poll that shows the race getting even tighter. >> we begin with abc's tahman bradley in washington this morning. good morning, tahman. >> good morning, paula, good morning, rob. polls show a tighter race after last night's debate. and president obama is bringing up huge cash, in fact, he's back on track to raise more than $1 billion. >> reporter: overnight the stars came out to help president obama. bill clinton and katy perry were among celebrities on hand at a fund-raiser. one of five events expected to raise $10 million. this after mr. obama and democrats raised $181 million last month. the president made a joke last week. >> they just performed flawlessly, night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: the president's rival, mitt romney is on the stump drawing huge crowds, thousands of accounts in florida. >> you'll have the chance to hear his answers or his nonanswers. now, of course, days later, we're hearing his excuses. >> reporter: a new gallup poll confirms romney picked up momentum af
and governor romney are preparing for the super bowl of politics. 60 million americans expected to watch the first debate tonight. and it is one of those nights that can change history. we want to show you the stage, right now, at the university of denver in colorado. it is standing by, awaiting the candidates. 34 days until your voice, your vote. and the abc news political team is right there in that room. david muir and jake tapper, ready for the opening round to begin. so, david, start us off. >> reporter: diane, good evening from the debate hall here at the university of denver. you can see the stage behind me. everything planned right down to the minute tonight. president obama will enter from the right. the governor from massachusetts, governor romney entering from the left. to give you an idea of the setting here, about 1,000 people inside this debate hall, when it starts. look behind the cameras tonight. we're inside a hockey arena that normally seats 8,000 but they've created this intimate setting as tens of millions watch from their living rooms tonight. when president obama an
reversed. governor romney on top and attacking on foreign policy. >> but hope is not a strategy. >>'s wean learn what president obama is doing to get his momentum back. >> are you fired up? are you ready to go? >> has your backyard gone from this to this overnight? frostbite. >> it's crazy. >> scraping ice off your car in october. what it means for the price of food at the store. >>> crash course. how do you survive a 25-car pileup at 200 miles an hour. nascar pros teach us about surviving a crash on the highway. >>> and never let go. that famous movie scene fighting for life in the water. something brand new tonight. rose and jack could have done to have a happy ending. >> i'll never let go, jack. >>> and a good evening on this holiday to you and as we come on the air, the evidence is pouring in, that presidential debate last week was a game changer. at least for now. here's the newest poll. for the first time governor mitt romney pulling ahead leaving president obama among likely voters. the president is under pressure tonight so what are his plans to turn this around? 29 days to go befo
that big win by mitt romney, the race has tightened but not completely transformed. a second gop win by paul ryan could do that. he is 42 years old, this is his first national debate. vice president biden has been here before, four years ago versus sarah palin. he was first elected to the senate 40 years ago when paul ryan was just 2 years old. >> and our friend and colleague martha raddatz, abc senior foreign affairs correspondent will be moderating. she was selected by the presidential debate commission because of her two decades spent covering battle zones and political campaigns. and all eyes are on that stage. here's martha. >> good evening, and welcome to the first and only vice presidential debate of 2012. sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. i'm martha raddatz of abc news and i am honored to moderate this debate between two men who have dedicated much of their lives to public service. tonight's debate is divided between domestic and foreign policy issues. and i'm going to move back and forth between foreign and domestic, since that is what a vice president or
county this afternoon where skies are blue but a debate storm is brewing. mitt romney seems to have some momentum, but our poll underscores a problem for him. one of the reasons this race remains so tight -- a majority of voters continues toty a president romney would favor the wealthy rather than the middle class. >> what he's selling is not a five-point plan. it's really just a one-point plan. folks at the top get to play with a different set of rules than you do. >> reporter: by contrast, 66% of voters think the president has done more to favor the middle class over the wealthy, and a majority says he better understands the economic problems people in this country are having. though some good news for romney. overall, he has a slight numerical edge in who voters trust to handle the economy. >> we cannot endure four more years, that's why we'll replace him in 18 days. >> reporter: the president also highlights the largest gender gap we've seen in this election. the president has a 14-point lead among women. >> when it comes to issues critical to women, governor romney wants to take us
look like this. the romney campaign wrestles tonight on the line for women. >>> proof of heaven? a scientist who says he has proof that he's been to heaven. >>> and the mystery monkey tonight. the furry fugitive spotted in backyards. sneaking around the can corner. what did he do that finally gave him away? >>> good evening. as we come on the air, all eyes are on hurricane sandy bearing down on jamaica right now and forcing florida to study the radar. a storm watch already in place. electrical companies on the east coast are taking prekauxs and millions of parents will wonder if this means a blustery halloween. what are the chances that this storm will hit the east coast? sam champion tracking it for us tonight. >> reporter: hurricane sandy is pounding jamaica tonight with punishing 80-mile-an-hour winds and heavy rain. residents and tourists are hunkering down. after jamaica, the 18th named storm of the season will cut across cuba and the bahamas before expanding in size as it blows towards the south florida coast friday morning. tonight, there are already tropical storm watche
. >> hunkered down in debate camp. president obama is -- we expect limb to be studying intensely. mitt romney last a public event in denver, colorado. then he will go dark until wednesday in colorado. >> reporter: the campaigns have been focused on lowering their debate. mitt romney is talking up the president's victorious record from 2008. president obama's campaign said the president is out of practice compared to romney, referring to the gop primary debates. the one guy who didn't get the memo, new jersey governor chris christie. he hit the sunday morning talk shows, playing up the expectations for mitt romney. >> here's the great news for republicans. we have lap candidate who will do extraordinarily well. he will come am wednesday night, lay out his vision for america, contrast his view and the president's record and this whole race will be turned upside down come thursday morning. >> reporter: this unfiltered confidence may not make much of a splash. a newark ton post poll shows 55% of likely voters think the president will win this debate. only 31% say it will be romney. new this is a
>>> this morning, it's crunch time. >> the pressure's on for the president and mitt romney, hunkering down today to prep for the first debate. and a brand-new poll shows who most voters expect to win in november. >>> ticketer shock, looking for the most popular things we buy. why a diaper supply shortage. >>> and open book. he realized his housekeeper's son was his. >>> and collision course, with a skateboard and a deer that comes out of nowhere. >>> good morning, everybody. i'm john muller. rob nelson is off this morning. >> and i'm paula faris. we begin this monday, the 1st of october, can you believe it? with a new abc news poll it comes just as the presidential candidates come out. >> tahman bradley starts us off from washington. >> reporter: good morning. it's hard to believe that the first presidential debate is on wednesday. mitt romney and president obama have been preparing day and night. with both men saying the other guy is going to do a better job. president obama and mitt romney start the week with a crucial showdown on wednesday at the first presidential debat
. >> thanks a lot. >> now to democracy 2012 news tonight. president obama and mitt romney are hitting as many tossup states as possible today. we go live to washington. it's getting easy to predict where the events will hold events. these tossup states are where they're hanging out. >> reporter: there's only a handful of swing states. that's where youl find president obama and mitt romney from now until election day. >> we're starting here in ohio -- >> reporter: as time runs out and money runs thin both campaigns are picking and choosing their states wisely. it labels eight states as tossups. that includes iowa, stop number one for the president today. >> if you said you won't give a big tax cut to the wasn't thy but you're caught on video promising it would include the top 1%, then you might have rom knee sha. >> reporter: obama made his way west to colorado, another state up for grabs. later tonight he heads to nevada where romney held his first campaign event of the day. >> he's out of ideas and out of excuses. in november you're going to put him out of office. >> reporter: after nevada r
and romney meet for the second face-off. we'll ask our headliner, ohio senator rob portman, the man playing president obama in mitt romney's debate prep. and the vice president's son, delaware attorney general bo biden. >>> insights and analysis from our all-star panel. newt gingrich, chris dodd, george will, donna brazile, richard norton smith and the moderator of thursday night's debate -- >> it was a preplanned assault by heavily armed men. wasn't this massive intelligence failure? >> abc's martha raddatz. it's a special discussion about the debates along with our partners at the miller center at the university of virginia. >>> good morning, everyone. george is off today. we're in the home stretch of this campaign. 23 days until the final votes are cast. all eyes are on tuesday's debate and how serious the president is taking it. he's spending the weekend not on the campaign trail, but instead, hunkered down for debate prep. his campaign went on the air yesterday featuring a familiar voice. >> every president inherits challenges. few have faced so many. there are still challenges to meet
on mitt romney's debate performance, saying it wasn't leadership, but instead salesmanship. >> but the latest poll taken after the debates, shows romney swinging ahead of the president, 49% to 45%. that's mainly due to a surge in support for romney from women voters. abc's karen travers has more on the campaign trial. >> rep foreign affairs, mitt romney launched a scathing attack on president obama's policies and leadership overseas. >> it's time to change course in the middle east. it's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> reporter: so far, the economy has dominated the campaign debate. but the romney campaign tried to seize on questions and criticism about the president's handling of last month's attack in libya. it was a chance to try to reverse the tide of romney's recent perceived missteps, including his initial response to the libya attack. the republican contender accused the president of passivity over partnership. >> i know the president hopes for a middle east aligned with us. but hope is not a strateg
. on the economy, biden unloaded, attacking mitt romney where president obama had not, on that video tape where romney called 47% of the american people victims who won't take responsibility for their lives. >> these people are my mom and dad, the people i grew up with. my neighbors. they pay more effective tax than governor romney pays on his federal income tax. >> reporter: ryan got personal. >> joe and i are from similar towns. he's from pennsylvania, i'm from wisconsin. you know what the unemployment rate in scranton is today? >> i sure do. >> it's 10%. >> yeah. >> you know what it was the day you guys came in? 8.5%. that's how it's going all around america. >> reporter: for a vice presidential debate, the stakes were high tonight. after mitt romney's big win in denver and president obama's no-show performance there, biden needed to stop the bleeding. ryan was going for the jugular, seeking to build the momentum republicans are feeling. >> the next time you hear them say, don't worry about it, we'll get a few wealthy people to pay their fair share, watch out, middle class. the tax bill is c
happened. >> governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> how bad? >> not the first time i had a bad night. >> i think what is important, the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. governor romney went to a lot of trouble to try to hide what his positions are because he knows those idea have been rejected. they won't work. if he is making an honest presentation about what he proposed he will lose. because the american people are not going to go back there. what this comes done to is how we are going to grow an economy in which everybody gets a fair shot. governor romney's prescription is that -- if we cut taxes by $5 trillion, skewed toward the wealthy and roll back regulations that i have put in place, some how the economy is going to grow. i fundamentally disagree with that. >> your supporters say this wasn't a bad night. you didn't show up. >> it just looked li eed like t didn't want to be there, his mind wasn't on it, he dent want to engage. >> this is legendary strategist james carville. >> as i said there is no doubt that i can make a better case, which
cormack from wpvi reporting. >>> now to your voice, your vote. the surge in the polls for mitt romney. taken right after the debate, the poll find romney swinging ahead of president obama, 49% to 45%. due to new support from romney from women voters who at one time strongly favored the president. and romney blasting the obama administration on foreign policy yesterday. during a speech in virginia he claimed the risk of conflict in the middle east is higher now than it was when president obama took office. he urged a more aggressive u.s. role in the syrian civil war. >>> meantime, president obama campaigning on the west coast sounded an urgent note in his appeal to voter. he told supporters in san francisco they must be almost obsessive in getting out the vote. the president and mitt romney returned to the crucial state of ohio later today to campaign in that critical state. >>> first lady michelle obama is sharing a bit what goes on behind the closed dufrz the white house. in a "nightline" interview she told cynthia mcfadden she steers clear of trying to influence her husband's approximately
also have fewer horses and bayonets. >> the president and mitt romney, both sure and steady in their final faceoff. the race, closer than ever. we're live in florida. >>> breaking overnight. just hours after a tearful vigil, the search for a missing new jersey girl ends. the discovery everyone ends. >>> a shutout and a soaker. the world series match-up is set, sealed during a pouring rain after one incredible comeback. >>> and brainy beluga. the white whale that taught himself to sound like a person. >>> good morning. i'm sunny hostin. paula faris is on assignment. >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. we begin this tuesday with the third and final presidential debate. a florida faceoff that had the candidates sparring over foreign policy issues. >> both of them hit the campaign trail in swing states with two weeks to go. brandi hitt is in boca raton. good morning, brandi. >> this is the final round in a very close race. for most of the night, it appeared president obama appeared to be on offense, as both candidates made their final pitches to the american people. pres
romney did today and tell you where the president is now sleeping at night. >>> stocks plummet today, the biggest drop since june. why experts say brace yourself for a roller coaster few weeks. >>> energy drink. in the spotlight tonight, the death of this young woman raising questions. should some people never drink a lot of caffeine? >>> and wonder girl. what brand-new thing this child prodigy did that has even grown-ups going wild. >>> good evening. as we come on the air, the last debate is over, and 59 million of us watched. now the campaign is headed to your doorstep. president obama and governor mitt romney powering across the country. obama will travel to seven. romney, to five. and this razor thin race got even closer. every night we'll bring you a brand-new abc news/"washington post" poll and tonight the candidates are separated. look at this. just 0.07%. that's about 91,000 people out of an estimated 140 voters in this country. 14 days to go. it's "your voice, your vote" and abc's david muir is in the middle of the action in the swing state of colorado. david? >> reporter: d
-- >> i do want to -- >> tense and testy, mitt romney and barack obama went round after round, duking it out in their second debate. reaction, fast and fierce, pouring in overnight. we have complete coverage and analysis. >>> it was also a night new englanders won't forget. a rare quake shaking the region. a fright for millions. and sinking feeling. an expensive high-tech boat being tested for next year's americas cup flips over. a setback for the millionaire backer. >>> and divine intervention. the story that has millions talking. a husband just before his cancer-stricken wife and ended up saving his own life. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. rob nelson will be joining me in just a moment. and we begin this wednesday with the presidential debate rematch, turning into a fiery, full-on political rumble. and, yes, it was a little uncomfortable at times. there was plenty of finger-pointing with the candidates sparring from the opening moments. and president obama, clearly not about to repeat his performance in denver just two weeks ago. we're just 20 days from the electio
to important follows at the end. i think one thing you can expect mitt romney is going to come in with a much better prepared attack on libya. he really wanted to go after the obama administration on their handling of that attack last month, but it didn't come out quite right and president obama was able to come out on that and look very presidential. that was a very key moment for the president. now, of course, next week will focus on foreign policy but voters are clearly interested in domestic policy so one important thing, look for how president obama and mistake foreign policy and work in a little domestic policy. that's by bringing up the deficit, the debt, by bringing up china. they'll figure out a way to do it next monday night. >> they are masters at swinging back to the talking points, oh, yeah, that's how it works. all right, karen, thanks a lot. appreciate that, that live report. you have to wonder, we saw 70 million tune in for the first debate and we have 51 for the vice presidential. we'll get the numbers this latest debate i guess sometime in the next 36 hours or
debate is over. now it's time for the great debate over the latest jobs report. how romney and obama are spinning the number. >> fans of 30 rock. what alec baldwin tweeted. barnhill: you hear a lot of talk about question seven... so let me tell you what i know: if question seven passes, my company's going to... bring table games, like blackjack and poker... right here to baltimore. a twenty-five million dollar investment... that'll create five hundred new jobs. all right here. today, marylanders are spending $500 million gaming... in other states. let's keep it here. i'm chad barnhill, and we're ready to build right here. we're ready, and it's real. and all that has to happen... is question seven. >>> take you down into enemy territory in dallas, texas, where we have been watching the skies. clouding up a little bit, changing weather in the lone star state for the big game. it looks like winds will be shifting around. we'll see temperatures dropping from the 70s to the 60s. here is the first pitch forecast. 72 degrees. mostly cloudy skies, winds five to 15. that will allow temps to d
attacking romney on say that video insulting 47% of the country as irresponsible victims. his aide advised him to focus on policy, such as romney's effort to distance himself from his own tax proposal. >> for 18 months he has been running on this tax plan. and, now, five weeks before the election, he is saying that his big bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: now top democrats and liberal pundits bemoan a missed opportunity. >> i don't know what he was doing out there, had his head down, enduring the debate rather than fight. >> it looked like romney wanted to be there, president obama didn't want to be there. >> reporter: some blamed denver's high elevation for his performance. >> when you go to 5,000 feet, and you have a few hours to adjust. >> that's interesting. >> i don't know. >> the president spent much time looking down at his podium take notes. and squandered easy opportunities to go after romney. such as this moment. >> i like pbs. i like big bird. i like you too. but i am not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from chon ina to p for it. a wide ope
, a difference for the families of america. and a difference for your own family. >> today, romney will spend the entire day on the stump in the pivotal battleground states of ohio. drumming up support there. if he does take ohio, takes the election, he'll become the first republican challenger to didn't election without winning ohio. >> obama still up by five points in ohio, encouraging to the campaign. still so tight in so many states. a nail biter of an election everyone knows that. the way it is looking, romney is doing very well among white men. the president is doing very well among women and hispanics. that's why you see emphasis on the ground game, getting those supporters out to the polls. who ever gets their people out, that is who is going to be in the white house come january. that's the game right now. obama has an embedded ground game. and romney is going to try to keep pace with, incumbency factor when it comes to the ground game apparatus in motion already. >> the next couple weeks spend $80 million combined in tv advertising. that money could be used. >> people always say tha
. and a judge sends sandusky to jail for the rest of his life. >>> romney rising. more new polls showing mitt romney closing in now in a key battleground state. what's behind the new strategy, his son? >>> the real-life spy helps he claimed kill one of al qaeda's most wanted terrorists tracking him down because the terrorist's wife wanted western shampoo. >>> and the conversation. a family lets our cameras roll as they talk for the first time about what they want at the end of life. >> i actually had a great life. >> join us as a new conversation begins in america tonight. >>> good evening, as we come on the air former penn state coach jerry sandusky has been sentenced to prison for the rest of his life. he is 68 and today he was sentenced to at least 30 years behind bars. the price for sexually abusing children and today in the courtroom, he defiantly stood face to face with some of his victims who were just ten feet away. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila was there. >> reporter: this is what three months in the slammer can do to a man. jerry sandusky has lost weight, his skin tu
and romney debate. many of the issue that could be deciding factors in the election. both candidates were aggressive as they talked act the economy, health care and the role of the government. karen travers breaks down the argument. >> reporter: the president and romney finally went head to head. right out of the gate the candidates boiled down their economic arguments. >> governor romney, has a perspective that says if we cut taxes, go toward the wealthy and roll back regulation that we will be better off. i have a different view. >> the president has a view similar to the one he had when he ran four years ago. if you will trickle down government would work. that's not the right answer former. >> reporter: his comments about the 47% have taken a toll on his campaign. even before that leaked video show that americans think he favors the wealthy. tonight he wanted to try to change that perspective. >> the people who are having the hard time right now are middle income americans. under the president's policies they have been buried. they are just being crushed. i will not under any circu
. >> thank you. now to the candidates, according to viewers surveys, romney won last night's debate and he won big. cnn survey said 67% of viewers gave him the edge after his first meeting. will that translate into more votes on election day? we have more on what we are hearing the campaign trail today. i'm sure this is what ever is talking about. >> reporter: it is. they -- interesting thing. will it impact the election? couple of ways to break it down. one to look at historicly. that's what gollup did, taking a look at the last other years of debates, they found two impacted the election. in 1960 with nixon and kennedy and in 2000 with bush and gore. the other thing, is to look at what happened today when romney saw the story line shift in his direction. the republican nominee couldn't resist another stop in denver. he surprised colorado's action committee by joining his sons on stage and talking of feeling the energy. >> i said the president's vision has trickle down government and i don't think that's what american believes in. i see instead a prosperity that comes through freedom. >>
for joining us. the presidential race is tightening this week with polls shifting in mitt romney's favor as president obama's widely criticized performance at the first presidential debate. my colleague diane sawyer spoke with the president in the first television interview since that night. to find out what happened on stage. >> that debate, what happened? >> well, governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> how bad? >> well not the first time i have had a bad night. but i think what is important that the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. >> we are told you watched it split screen. >> uh-huh. >> did you? >> well i watched it afterward. >> was it painful to watch? >> no. look -- diane, i have got to tell you that these are marathons they're not sprints. >> is it possible you handed him the election that night? >> no. >> you are going to win? >> yes. >> you want it more than the first time? >> absolutely. >> but the race is close. and tensions are high. with 26 days remaining until the election we hit the campaign trail with first lady michelle obama. wh
her legs. >> dark few days. >>> in the race for the white house, our poll shows the governor romney with a slight lead over president obama. >> with just 11 days to go it is all up for grabs and depending more than ever on state ohio where abc's karen travers has been tracking the candidates. >> reporter: finishing off a marathon two-day campaign blitz, president obama rolled into the most critical battleground of all -- >> hello, ohio! [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: ohio with its 18 electoral votes could be state that decide the next president. >> this send a message not just across ohio but across the whole country. this campaign is growing, the momentum is building, we are taking back america. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: polls in the battleground state show the president with edge. latest poll in ohio has him up by five. buckeye state voters are used to being center of political universe. this year they're being showered with attention. the president made 14 stops. the state he visited most in office. mitt romney, 15 trips. about a third of all vote nationwide will
for senate calls rape pregnancy god's will. he's been endorsed by mitt romney, whose campaign fired back overnight. >>> bracing for sandy. the superstorm on the move right now. preparations well under way in the caribbean. >>> on the lookout for a killer shark. an expert surfer is the latest to the killed off the california coast. >>> and quick getaway. brazen thieves getting creative. an epidemic using horsepower to commit their crimes. >>> good morning, everybody. we begin this wednesday with a presidential race that is just about as close as it can be. the two candidates separated by a mere fraction of a percentage point. >> our new poll comes as president obama and mitt romney blitz the battleground states. and with just 13 days remaining, romney is working to distance himself from another republican's controversial new comments. abc's tahman bradley has the story. >> reporter: the presidential candidates are storming battleground states in a final sprint to election day. the romney campaign, riding a wave of momentum may have hit a bit of a snag, as another republican senate candida
one, after taking shots on "the tonight show." mitt romney still riding that wave of momentum. >>> and campaign stop. photo bomb blowing up online. a stolen smooch, captured on camera. >>> and the call of the wild at work. an office intruder with a news crew there to record the crime. >>> good thursday morning, everyone. hurricane sandy has roared into cuba as a powerful category 3 storm, packing winds of up to 115 miles per hour. >> this is now a major story and a major storm. now, earlier, the very strong weather system brought heavy flooding to jamaica. residents reported seeing crocodiles caught in the rushing floodwaters. on top of that, one man was killed when a boulder fell on his home. and a woman in nearby haiti drowned. >> the effects being south florida, where swimmers are being warned about dangerous rip currents and high waves. tropical storm conditions could be in effect by this time tomorrow. >> forecasters are warning that sandy could merge with a powerful cold front here in the u.s. >> they are calling it an atmospheric bomb, which could explode just in time f
-fisted debate between president obama and governor mitt romney last night. we know more than 65 million americans watched, almost as many as the first debate. so, who won? 20 days to go before americans get to the polls, it's your voice, your vote. and abc's jake tapper was out with the president today. >> reporter: beaming and obviously feeling triumphant, president obama came out this morning in iowa with his fists still flying. >> you've heard of the fair deal? you've heard of the square deal? mitt romney's trying to sell you a sketchy deal. >> reporter: polls suggest the public gives obama the edge of romney last night and on the campus of ohio university in athens, obama supporters were delighted. angie madden liked it when the president asserted himself on libya. >> the suggestion that anybody in my team would play politics or mislead when we've lost four of our own, governor, is offense i. >> i thought he put romney in his place. i thought he did a fantastic job. >> reporter: this student liked the president's feistiness. >> i liked when they got up and they almost looked like th
point debate with governor romney in denver. is it possible you handed him the election that night? what happened, and what is his new message to his supporters tonight and to his opponent? >>> exploding air bags. could this be in your car? a new warning tonight for all drivers about a possible danger in the dash board and what you should do now. >>> smoking guns. an avalanche of new evidence tonight in the case against lance armstrong. >>> and, flying high. soaring at super sonic speed. a show of force by the first female combat pilot who has broken a new ceiling. our own martha raddatz takes an amazing flight. >> three feet from the wing tip. >>> good evening and welcome to "world news." anas we begin tonight, we have just returned from the white house, where we sat down, one-on-one, with president obama. it is his first interview since that big debate. polls show 72% of those watching that debate included president obama lost to rmitt romney. tonight, the pomes show the race is tightening fast. the republicans opponents more fired up than ever. his supporters saying, they want to know
of the night. rancheros when it com >> reporter: when it came to the biggest whopper, mitt romney took the prize when he claimed he would do what president obama did to save the auto industry. >> that is precisely what i wreck menn recommended and what happened. >> reporter: that's wrong, the president put them through bankruptcy as romney suggested but loaned them taxpayer money. romney opposed that. many car analysts say without that public money detroit would have gone under. president obama came in a close second when the green president suddenly sounded like a texas oilman. >> we are actually drilling more on public land than in the previous administration. the previous president was an oilman. >> reporter: not true. leases and permits for oil drilling on public land are down by 40%. the biggest shopper of the night. they broke their agreement, it called for each of them to say in their predesignated areas. so much for that. instead they seemed to immitate gladiators, stalking, finger pointing. moving aggressively toward each other. as mrpoliticos put it, secret service must have
to the next presidential debate. round two of the prize fight between president obama and mitt romney will be a battle for momentum in the final weeks before election day. we'll look at who's got the advantage heading into tuesday night. >> give you a sense of the stakes here. president obama taking four days off the trail hunkering down for debate prep. we'll get into that with jake tapper coming up. >>> also, he's the austrian daredevil getting ready to dive from the edge of space. we're live from roswell, new mexico. they've just now given the weather clear. ginger zee has done a lot of crazy stuff for the sake of this broadcast. this is her next thing. what do you think? >> right after felix does it. we'll see how it goes first. >> he's setting the bar high. >> that's the proper attitude of caution. >>> who says becoming a parent means giving up any daredevil indulgences? we'll introduce you to one dad who satisfied his need for speed with this souped up stroller. his plans may surprise you. peter, i hope you're not watching. >>> we're going to switch gears here. beginning with th
of mitt romney. >> it's not so much winning or losing or the people themselves, the president and myself. it's about somethingigger than that. >> reporter: romney meanwhile is in denver. ohio senator rob port man is doing his best obama impersonation. it has the president beating nationally by three points within the margin of error. despite a rough couple of weeks, however, romney is well within striking distance. right here on the stage, for the first time the two candidates will go face to face. it will focus on domestic policy, things like healthcare and the economy. that's where mitt romney sees his opening. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of to us describe the path way forward. >> reporter: the public is basically split on who they think can do a better job, president obama with a one-point edge at the moment. a praise which hasn't had huge swings, everything can change in one night but both sides had tried to lower expectations. >> governor romney is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> about 6,000 to 8,000 people can fit in this arena behind me. you can expect a packed
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